Attaching cameras to Roprey allows you to see the flight up close from the perspective of the quarry. A backward facing camera shows what it feels like to be the hunted, pursued by a predator in the air. Modern cameras are becoming lightweight, and more versatile. HD footage can be recorded with cameras weighing less than 30g, and even these small cameras can film for 30 minutes – plenty of time for a handful of flights.
We recommend the Mobius Mini, a camera we have used both in Europe and the Middle East with good results.
At 27g, it’s very light weight. If you need to shed more weight, the outer case can be removed and replaced with heat shrink wrap, giving you a final weight of only 18g! This camera works best on a bright day, due to its small lens.
In conditions of poor light, or where weight isn’t such an issue, the larger version can perform better. Available at places like Banggood.com or Gearbest.com.
GoPro cameras are very popular and can produce excellent footage also, but are too large and heavy for this application.
How to Mount a Camera
When mounting the camera to the Roprey, it’s important to consider the flight performance of the model. Attaching a camera away from the center of gravity – too close to the head or tail – will result in a poor flight performance. Keep any weight added to the model on the center of gravity. Learn how to find the center of gravity here.
Hot glue from a glue gun is a great method for attaching cameras. Also consider using Velcro, or tape. Where possible, tie a small length of fine cord to the camera and the model, just in case the first bond fails. Be sure to do this in such a way that there is no chance of harm to the falcon.